On This Day

April 1921 in Music History

Birthdays in Music

  • Apr 1 Douglas Allenbrook, composer
  • Apr 1 William L Bergsma, American composer (Fortunate Island), born in Oakland, California
  • Apr 1 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), born in Lincoln, England (d. 2009)
  • Apr 6 Andrew Welsh Imbrie, composer
  • Apr 8 Jan Novák, Czech classical composer, born in Nová Říše, Morovia (d. 1984)
  • Apr 10 Sheb Wooley, American vocalist ("The Purple People Eater"), born in Erick, Oklahoma (d. 2003)
  • Apr 19 Will Ogdon, American composer, born in Redlands, California (d. 2013)
  • Apr 22 Cándido Camero, Cuban American percussionist (congo drum) and bandleader, born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2020) [1]
  • Apr 22 Philip "Gabby" Pahinui, Hawaiian slack-key guitarist and singer, born in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii (d. 1980)
  • Apr 23 Janet Blair [Martha Janet Lafferty], American singer and actress (Leave it to the Girls, Smith Family), born in Altoona, Pennsylvania (d. 2007)
  • Apr 24 Laci Boldemann, Swedish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1969)
  • Apr 26 Jimmy Giuffre, American jazz clarinetist, composer, arranger, and proponent of "free improv" jazz, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2008)

Deaths in Music

  • Apr 5 Alphonsus J M Diepenbrock, Dutch composer (Missa), dies at 58
  • Apr 20 Tony Jackson, American ragtime pianist and singer-songwriter ("Pretty Baby"), dies of cirrhosis of the liver at 38